Senator John McCain Remembered for Courage, Service, Patriotism

Senator John McCain Remembered for Courage, Service, Patriotism

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In the upper chamber of Congress, McCain established himself as a leading voice on national security and foreign policy, particularly from his chairmanship of the powerful Armed Services Committee. "It's tough to imagine politics without John McCain, but we need to go on". And for that, we are all in his debt. "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family".

"John McCain's life is proof that some truths are timeless", he said in a statement. "I think it's unfortunate that he had people around him - and they continued to be around him for a very long time - who weren't serving him well".

"John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics".

Mr Biden wrote: "As a prisoner of war, John endured the worst of what human beings can do to one another".

During his five-and-a-half year imprisonment, McCain endured cruel beatings and other forms of torture. And yet through it all he never lost sight of what he believed most: Country First.

Elsewhere on Twitter, McCain's trying years in the military were noted among commemorators as a defining feature of the Vietnam War veteran's life.

"At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years", his office said. We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life. "That is the biggest fallacy in the world - if anything, we're dumber".

Calling McCain a friend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that the senator's support for Israel "sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom".

The two men never pretended to like each other. He was a giant.

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Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman praised McCain as "an American war hero" and one of Israel's "greatest friends". "But here at home, we were most proud to call him a fellow Arizonan". "Like so many of us, he was not born here, but his spirit, service and fierce independence shaped the state with which he became synonymous".

He was perhaps the Republican most critical of President Donald Trump, who lost McCain's support during the 2016 campaign for what McCain called "demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults".

McCain, 81, was a part of numerous past three decades' most significant political moments. "His death is a loss for all who share that conviction".

"John McCain was a true American hero. Our respectful thoughts go to his beloved ones". As a U.S. senator, McCain spoke out against its use against terrorism suspects during the US-declared "War on Terror", which followed the September 11 attacks. "Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing".

Former president Bill Clinton hailed McCain for having "frequently put partisanship aside", while his former vice president Al Gore said he always admired how the senator "would work to find common ground, no matter how hard".

"The nation is in tears".

Senator McCain was also part of an "internationalist" bipartisan coalition in the Senate that would vote for free trade (the North American Free Trade Agreement chief among them) and to supporting and expanding NATO after the fall of the Soviet Union, with Joe Biden among the like-minded Democrats on these critical votes in the US Senate. "John McCain's sacrifice and the sacrifices made by all our POWs and MIAs must never be forgotten".

Hanoi residents held a memorial at the lake on Sunday, leaving flowers to remember the man who "fought for peace in many countries, including Vietnam", as one onlooker told the Associated Press.

Cindy was McCain's first wife.

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